Jim Jung was born and grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from East High School in Sioux City, Jung attended St Luke’s School of Nursing, Sioux City, and received his bachelor’s in nursing degree from Morningside College. Following graduation, Jim enlisted as an ensign in the U.S. Navy and spent 23 years working at Navy hospitals, including several on the East and West coasts. He served three months in the Gulf War, helping to set up a hospital to handle casualties in Bahrain. Jim retired as a Navy commander.
After retiring from the Navy, Jim moved back to Sioux City, and purchased a historic Victorian home on Jackson St. in Sioux City. Jim restored the home, furnishing it with period antiques. Jim focused his time and energy on being a community volunteer in Sioux City serving many non-profit organizations such as the Tax Research Conference, the Sioux City Museum Association Board, the Historic Preservation Commission (serving since 2003 and chairperson since 2006), The Friends of Latham Park Association, and SiouxLandmark. Jim also writes articles on historic preservation for the Siouxland Magazine and started the City’s residential Yard of the Month program which he remains involved with.